2013 Forest of Reading Winners Announced

Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Forest of Reading® Awards.

This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 15 and 16, during which the winners were announced. The highly anticipated two-day festival consisted of award ceremonies, book signings, readings, workshops, and other interactive entertainment all while celebrating the love of reading. The Festival of Trees™ creates lifelong readers, as OLA and AUTHORS welcome thousands of young people on site.

The winners are:

2013 Blue Spruce™ Award Winner

Martin Springett and Isobel Springett – Kate and Pippin (Puffin Canada)

Honour Books:
Kevin Sylvester – Splinters (Tundra Books)
Rebecca Bender – Don’t Laugh at Giraffe (Pajama Press)

2013 Silver Birch® Express Award Winner

Brit Trogen and Kari Trogen – Margaret and the Moth Tree (Kids Can Press)

Honour Books:
Mike Deas – Dalen & Gole (Orca Book Publishers)
Janice Weaver and Chris Lane – Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World’s Greatest Escape Artist – (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

2013 Silver Birch® Fiction Award Winner

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch – Making Bombs for Hitler (Scholastic Canada)

Honour Books:
Becky Citra – Missing (Orca Book Publishers)
Cindy Sand-Eveland – A Tinfoil Sky (Tundra Books)

2013 Silver Birch® Non-Fiction Award Winner

Rob Laidlaw – No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs (Pajama Press)

Honour Books:
Larry Verstraete – Case Files: 40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science (Scholastic Canada)
Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Ross Kinnaird – 50 Underwear Questions: A Bare-All History (Annick Press)

2013 Red Maple™ Fiction Award Winner

Wesley King – The Vindico (G.P Putnam’s Sons)

Honour Books:
Kenneth Oppel – This Dark Endeavour (HarperCollins Canada)
Allison Van Diepen – The Vampire Stalker (Scholastic)

2013 Red Maple™ Non-Fiction Award Winner

Bill Swan – Real Justice: Fourteen and Sentenced to Death (James Lorimer)

Honour Books:
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch – Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War (Pajama Press)
Steve Pitt with Ray Zahab – Running To Extremes: Ray Zahab’s Amazing Ultramarathon Journey (Puffin Canada)

2013 White Pine™ Award Winner

Jeyn Roberts – Dark Inside

Honour Books:
Lena Coakley – Witchlanders (Simon & Schuster)
Catherine Austen – All Good Children (Orca Book Publishers)

Le Prix Tamarac 2013

Carole Tremblay – Le mystère des jumelles Barnes (Bayard Canada Livres inc.)

Honour Books:
Julie Champagne – Hackerboy (Bayard Canada Livres inc.)
Frédéric Antoine and Yohann Morin – Biodôme: Dans le sens du poil (Boomerang éditeur jeunesse inc.)

Le Prix Tamarac Express 2013

Alain M. Bergeron and Sampar – Billy Stuart: 1. Les Zintrépides (Éditions Michel Quintin)

Honour Books:
François Gravel and Philippe Germain – Du soccer extreme (Les éditions FouLire inc.)
Johanne Mercier & Yvan Deschamps – Ziiip Sur Terre! (Les éditions FouLire inc.)

Le Prix Peuplier 2013

Geneviève Lemieux and Bruno St-Aubin – Le zoo de Yayaho (Bayard Canada Livres inc.)

Honour Books:
Pierre Labrie and Tristan Demers – Salto: L’ultime défi (Boomerang éditeur jeunesse inc.)
Caroline Merola – Prince Olivier et le dragon (Les éditions Imagine)

For author bios, book synopses and additional finalist names please refer to accessola.com/forest.

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Asselin

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) creates programmes, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members who work in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and public libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information, and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programmes and services of the libraries of Ontario.

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 8,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 20 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 24 – November 3, 2013), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15 – 16, 2013).